Indeed...;^)Message 1 of 13 , Jun 1, 2010View SourceIndeed...;^)
Darren said: [The major themes for tithing sermons are focused on reasons to give money (focusing on people s greed for witholding and how much they owe God)Message 1 of 13 , Jun 1, 2010View Source
[The major themes for tithing sermons are focused on reasons to give money (focusing on people's greed for witholding and how much they owe God) rather than whether tithing actually applies to christianity. I can pretty much say this from experience, not just from being in the fellowship but being in Baptist churches that that put heavy burdens on members to tithe and keep pledges and expect offerings besides..]It was quite revolutionary when Chuch Smith decided that he did not believe in a tithing law for Christians, and thus Calvary Chapels, which he founded, do not even take offerings in their services. They have donation boxes set up and simply make the people aware that the boxes are there.
We used to preach against Calvary Chapel quite a lot. They were bashed as being "mega churches," and it was said that the reason their churches were so big was because they didn't have any real Christian standards. One of the criticisms was that a covetous person could sit in their services comfortably, never being confronted about their need to tithe and give offerings. Naturally, we also accused them of having churches filled with fornicators.
Calvary Chapels seem to do pretty well at supporting themselves. When they start a new church, there is no guarantee they will make it. But generally they do. And they do it without all the heavy pulling for money.
Potter's House pastors and leaders are addicted to the heavy handed demand for money from the church members. They know if they pull for money, using out context Scriptures from the Bible, that they will rake in the bucks. Sure, it will burn those people out over time, but there are always new people to replace them. The Master Plan of Evangelism? I don't think so.